Electorate
Electorate E*lect"or*ate, n. [Cf. F. ['e]lectorat.] 1. The territory, jurisdiction, or dignity of an elector, as in the old German empire. [1913 Webster]

2. The whole body of persons in a nation or state who are entitled to vote in an election, or any distinct class or division of them. [1913 Webster]

The middle-class electorate of Great Britain. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]


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